मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Albert Einstein: “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.” (To P. Moos, March 30, 1950. Einstein Archives 60-587)

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Captioning a Slice of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Martin Scorsese, The New York Review of Books, August 15 2013:

"...Or consider the famous Stargate sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s monumental 2001: A Space Odyssey. Narrative, abstraction, speed, movement, stillness, life, death—they’re all up there. Again we find ourselves back at that mystical urge—to explore, to create movement, to go faster and faster, and maybe find some kind of peace at the heart of it, a state of pure being..."

It's now a cliche to say that Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of the greatest films of 20th century.

Its mood, music, pacing all are so captivating...when I watch it, I become sort of numb with its tragic beauty...

In October 2013, I saw a caption contest for the following frame from the movie. 

On this blog, in the past, I have tried to caption a few of the cartoons from The New Yorker cartoon caption contest. This time, I did not try. I just picked what I thought was the best 'entry'.

courtesy: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Warner Bros.

" Hey! You morons in the audience, pay attention! Kubrick's going to show you how to build a workable space shuttle, permanent orbiting space station, earth to moon transit system and a deep space exploration vehicle, in minute detail. In 50 yrs you still won't have any of this. What a waste." ( by Mr. Tom Garney, an FB user)

'In 50 yrs you still won't have any of this'...this theme has appeared on this blog a few times...for instance  here   ('Mars One: An Indian Astronaut, Not Chinese, Delivers a Baby on Her Way to Mars') on May 11 2013 and here ('Do I Feel Cheated 43 Years Later in August 2012') on October 29 2012.


A scene from '2001: A Space Odyssey'

courtesy: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Warner Bros.